Kyle Rye

Kyle Rye

Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 1)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. What is the relationship between God and government? In…
conflict_resolution

HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…
Pluto

JUST LIKE PLUTO

Recently, the debate about Pluto was reignited with several astronomers contending for its planetary status to be reinstated.[1] You may remember that the International Astronomical Union (IAU), an “association of professional astronomers” that operates “as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations and names to celestial bodies” downgraded Pluto from the status of a planet to a dwarf planet back in 2006 based on their newly refined definition of a planet.[2] The demotion of Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet…
storm

WHEN STORMS ARISE

Off the Atlantic coast there is a storm which is producing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and recorded waves on the open ocean up to 83 feet in height, as of reports released on Thursday, September 13. Her name is Hurricane Florence, and she is forecasted to make landfall as a strong category 2 Hurricane this weekend. Don’t let the lowering category number fool you. Hurricane Florence is still big. Her hurricane force wind field is nearly…
ChristianHomes

A CHRISTIAN HOME

I once heard the story about a little boy who was inconsolably crying in the car after leaving worship services one Sunday. His father asked him three times what was wrong, and, finally, the boy replied, “The preacher said he wanted me to be brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys!” Ideally, all homes would be Christian homes because Christian homes are homes that have surrendered to the will and the reign of…
john3.16

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

In one of, if not the most popular passages of Scripture, we are told “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). What specifically do we learn about God’s love from John 3:16? First, we learn WHO God loves. John 3:16 says, “God so loved THE WORLD.” It is worth noting that John 3:16 does not say that God so loved Christians, God…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 3)

Facing doubt is not a sin in and of itself. As long as you resolve the doubt, you have not sinned; however, if you give in to the doubt then you have sinned. So, whether or not doubt leads to sin has everything to do with how you handle it. This begs the question: how do you handle doubt in such a way so that you overcome it? To answer this question I encourage you to read about Jesus’ interaction…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 2)

At times, faith is difficult because it requires the unseen to be greater than the seen, and since faith can be difficult, the opportunity for doubt arises. This begs the question: is it a sin to doubt? In an effort to answer this question, let us explore what the Bible has to say about doubt, and we begin by acknowledging that the presence of doubt is not uncommon during the faith development process. Since faith must be tested (James 1:2-4;…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 1)

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is deciding that what is unseen is greater than what is seen, but subscribing to such a mentality is easier said than done. More often than not, we sympathize with the father in Mark 9:17-24 who asked if Jesus could heal his demon possessed son. Jesus answered, “All things are possible for one who believes,” to which…
Faith and Works

FAITH AND WORKS

Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrically opposed to one another.   Some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together while the other contends that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier…

SELFITIS: PROGNOSIS

In last week’s article, we diagnosed the spiritual disease of selfitis. Selfitis refers to the inflammation of the self to the exclusion or reduction of God. Selfitis can be diagnosed by observing the speech patterns of an individual. If an individual utilizes personal pronouns in excess during conversation, then he or she has likely contracted selfitis (e.g. Genesis 11:4; Judges 16:20; 1 Samuel 13;11-12; Daniel 4:30). The prognosis for this disease is not favorable. Since selfitis involves the elevation of…

SELFITIS: DIAGNOSIS

There is a prominent spiritual disease that has adversely affected numerous followers of God over the years. It is called “selfitis” (pronounced sel-fi-tis), and it refers to the inflammation of the self. “Selfitis” occurs when one glorifies himself or herself to the exclusion or reduction of God. It is typically contracted when an individual… allows his or her personal interests to supersede God’s will, as was the case with Balaam who in Numbers 22:21-35 apparently intended to curse Israel in…